News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022345
ContactJamie Welch Jaro801-524-4324
Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov 12, 2013 --

@@SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 12, 2013 – USDA Rural Development State Director Dave Conine today announced that the Uintah Basin Association of Governments will receive a grant of $50,000 to make housing repairs and improve housing conditions for limited income rural residents.

“USDA has developed a strategic partnership with Uintah Basin Association of Governments to improve the living conditions of residents in Eastern Utah,” Conine said. “We are confident in their ability to administer to the community’s housing needs.”

This statement was made as part of a larger national announcement made by Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien. Recipients in 45 states, the Western Pacific and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will also receive housing preservation grants.

Funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program. Funds are provided to intermediaries such as local governments, public agencies, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit, faith-based and community organizations. These organizations then distribute the grants to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. Funds are not directly provided to eligible homeowners by USDA.

Grants may be used to make general repairs, such as installing or improving plumbing, or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds may also be used to make homes more energy efficient.

O'Brien said that today's announcement is another reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill passed as soon as possible. Farm Bill programs are important to the economic vitality of rural America, and a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy, he added.

View the list of recipients for Housing Preservation Grants. Each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.


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